Many say that Gewürztraminer is a love-it-or-hate-it grape. Give it a go to see where you sit!
What is it famous for?
Gewürztraminer is one of the most distinctive grapes, and a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it variety! It is highly perfumed with aromas of rose petals and lychee. Catch its scent once, and you’ll never forget it.
It makes fantastic wine in famous Northern Rhône sub-regions such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.
Where does it grow?
It is most associated with the French region of Alsace, where it is the second most planted grape after Riesling, and is responsible for some of the prestigious Grand Cru wines produced in Alsace.
With some found in Germany, it is creeping into the New World: Chile and New Zealand, for example, though the style here is less rich.
What does it taste like?
It is a rich and expressive wine, and might remind you of rose-flavoured Turkish delight and tropical fruit such as lychee. It can be made in a dry style, but also contain high levels of residual sugar which makes it sweet.
Tastes great with:
Because of its sweetness levels, it can compete with beer and rosé wine as a lovely pairing with spicy curries. Gewürz, incidentally, is the German word for spice.
Check out our Pingza Loves:
If you like Syrah, you might like...